Upmarket Seaside Adventures in Sea Point
A December road trip is simply not a December road trip if it does not lead you to the ocean. For those who find themselves in Cape Town during the festive season, Brian Berkman shares his insights into one such coastal suburb worth visiting if you happen to be in search of an upmarket seaside adventure.
When driving in Sea Point, there are two things worth taking into consideration: Firstly, open your windows to let in that unique telltale scent of the ocean. Secondly, slow down. Before you know it, the road becomes an unexpected 50 km/h zone, and traps are usually found not far beyond …
With its diverse communities, Sea Point, the sea-front suburb nearest to central Cape Town, offers something for every taste. Long established as a Jewish enclave, there are more Kosher restaurants and synagogues in Sea Point than anywhere else in Cape Town. Recently, the Chinese and Asian communities have grown, along with Middle Eastern ones. All of which means that the best ethnic foods can be found in Sea Point – personally, for this reason alone, it is well worth basing yourself here.
Premier Hotel Cape Town is a highly recommendable spot in which to lay your head while embarking on your Sea Point adventures. Within one or two blocks of the hotel, you can feast on Beijing-style Dim Sum, traditional Spanish tapas and paella, great pizza, and the best brisket and gefilte fish in the area.
The other great appeal of Sea Point is the Promenade: roughly a six kilometre paved walkway and grassed area that stretches, like a giant smile, from Queen’s Beach in Bantry Bay all the way via Mouille Point to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. As a microcosm of what life in South Africa might be, the Promenade is where everyone congregates across all races, ages, and socio-economic positions; and on all manner of foot-powered vehicle, from skates and bicycles (available for hire near the public pool) to prams and tricycles, and everything in between.
From the sea facing rooms at Premier Hotel Cape Town, you can bear witness from afar to all of this bustling activity. Conveniently, for those who would like to do a bit of on-road exploring, there is a bus stop for both the Mycity transit, and the excellent hop-on, hop-off open-topped sightseeing bus, just a few meters from the hotel.
Recently benefitting from a major, R11 million upgrade, Premier Hotel Cape Town now includes accommodations in 130 rooms in two wings, as well as Kosher catering, upgraded conferencing facilities, and a quality restaurant for allday grazing. If your room is not looking out over the Atlantic, other, equally arresting views of Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, and Table Mountain will fill the frame of your suite’s windows.
There are other quality Sea-front accommodation options nearby, which include The Winchester Mansions Hotel (an iconic Cape Dutch building with an exceptional courtyard garden) and The Peninsula in Bantry Bay (a deluxe allsuite hotel).
Sea Point, with its rich variety, convenient access to the beach and city centre – not to mention its stellar sunsets – is one of the tourist gems of Cape Town. Few other places come close to it when wanting to experience all that the city has to offer.